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Station 31: Maisaka

Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), 1855, Wood cut
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Station 31: Maisaka
Station 31: Maisaka
Station 31: Maisaka
Station 31: Maisaka
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Fifty-three stations by two brushes (Sohitsu gojusantsugi). Station 31: Maisaka.
In this print three blind itinerant musicians are shown making their way along the Tokaido. The travellers, two adults and a young girl, each relies on their bamboo walking stick to help guide them. All three wear wraps (tenugui) over their heads and one musician has pulled her cloth down to cover her eyes. Their possessions are tied across their shoulders in fabric slings and all three wear straw sandals. One of the musicians rests a shamisen on her shoulder and another carries a stringed instrument wrapped in a cloth cover (furoshiki) on her back. The traveller with the shamisen wears a brown and white patterned kimono over a navy and blue patterned underkimono, their female companion is dressed in a blue striped kimono with a navy and blue patterned underkimono, and the child wears a green kimono over a pink underkimono. All three have tucked up the hemlines of their outerkimono.
In the background inset, Hiroshige depicts a view across the sea of Imagiri. The Hoeido version similarly depicts Imagiri but also includes a distant view of a white Mount Fuji.
Kunisada I (Toyokuni III)
Hori Take (Yokogawa Takejiro)
36 x 24.8 cm
Art and Design Library
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